Although fruit is part of a good balanced diet, certain fruits —including papaya —pregnant women are told to avoid include:
Yes and no. There’s confusion around eating papaya while pregnant because ripe papaya is good for pregnant women while unripe papaya isn’t.
Ripe papaya (yellow skin)
Ripe papaya is a natural and healthy source of:
Unripe papaya (green skin)
Unripe papaya is a rich source of:
The type of latex in unripe papaya should be avoided by pregnant women because:
Although ripe papaya can be a beneficial part of nutrition for pregnant women, unripe papaya can be very dangerous. Some pregnant women continue to eat ripe papaya throughout their pregnancy. However, some women decide to eliminate all papaya from their diet until after they give birth, as there are many other sources of nutrition to enjoy safely during pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, talk with your doctor about proper nutrition including foods to avoid.